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Sabotage [ Hits:52374 ]
Review: It's funny how some movie titles seem to become self-fulfilling prophecies, allowing their overriding meaning to seep into the film. On the surface, Sabotage is a dark, trashy and intense Arnold Schwarzenegger action thriller with a couple of name stars thrown in for good measure. However, as it builds to a crescendo, it seems as though it's actually working to sabotage itself. The story follows a special DEA operations task team, who penetrate a drug cartel's lair ...

Sachin: A Billion Dreams [ Hits:1616 ]
Review: Sachin: A Billion Dreams is a documentary about the Indian cricket prodigy, who went on to inspire a nation. Directed by James Irvine and featuring a host of interviews and voiceovers from cricket legends, personalities, family and friends - this comprehensive film covers his early childhood, how he was introduced to cricket and how it became his life. While many will have heard the name, Sachin Tendulkar, known as "The Little Master" in cricketing circles, few know the back story and impact he'...

Safe House [ Hits:4330 ]
Review: Safe House is one helluva ride. Man-on-the-run movies have always been popular. They carry the thrill of the chase, the drama of a man wrongfully accused, the natural ebb-and-flow of a road trip movie and the narrative equivalent of an ant, a magnifying glass and a sunny day. The story follow a young CIA agent based in Cape Town, who is tasked with protecting a fugitive wanted by authorities in the confines of a safe house. As you may have expected the movie title is a contradiction and it's ...

Salinger [ Hits:2693 ]
Review: J.D. Salinger is an enigma. The American author shot to fame with The Catcher in the Rye, a novel which continues to sell hundreds of thousands of copies every year. The book, now considered a rite of passage for Americans, was revolutionary in its time and linked to several shootings. However, Salinger was not interested in fame, making the American icon and his subsequent writings a mystery to fans. Salinger the documentary seeks to uncover motivations for his work, most specifically hi...

Salt [ 2010 ] [ Hits:4193 ]
Review: Salt was originally written with the intention of being an espionage action-thriller with Tom Cruise as the lead. However, when Cruise backed out of the production... Jolie replaced the big name star and the script was rewritten for a female lead. Salt's loosely modeled on the Bourne series with short, sharp bursts of action with a rogue agent on the loose. This is your typical man-on-the-run actioner with a hot pursuit from government authorities in an attempt to dispatch the "traitor" with as ...

San Andreas [ Hits:4772 ]
Review: San Andreas is the sort of film you'd expect from Roland Emmerich. It's big, loaded with CGI, studded with stars and is completely over-the-top. It's like 2012 meets True Lies, pitting spectacular disaster movie visual effects and Hollywood action against the charm of its stars in a gut-wrenching yet heartwarming tale of survival and redemption in adverse conditions. We're never quite sure how much scientific research (if any) has gone into the film, yet we're captivated by the grandiose visual...

Sanctum [3D] [ Hits:3671 ]
Review: James Cameron is a name that has become synonymous with action blockbusters: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, Aliens and Avatar have all been directed by the Hollywood juggernaut. Before Avatar revolutionised 3D technology and broke records at the box office, Cameron was investigating the deep. Deep space has fascinated the director, but deep sea has been just as integral to his career path.Titanic relayed life on the famous vessel before it plunged to the darkest depths, Aliens of the Dee...

Schuks Tshabalalas Survival Guide to South Africa [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5907 ]
Review: If candid camera were taken as seriously as Pop Art... Leon Schuster would be its Andy Warhol. Besides taking the piss and literally taking a piss on his artwork, he's dominated South African comedy film ever since Jamie Uys dropped a Coke bottle on a N!xau's head. The side-splitting American comedy pursuit could only go so far with lawsuits flying around, yet the world of candid camera has developed its own raw sense of local flavour and hilarity under the wing of the accomplished Schuster. Now...

Schuks! Pay Back the Money! [ Hits:2723 ]
Review: South Africa's most famous prankster is at it again in Schuks! Pay Back the Money! While the cheap movie trailer lowers expectations, the actual film isn't quite as bad... making a reasonable flipside to Schuks! Your Country Needs You. While we thought comedian, Rob Van Vuuren, was being groomed to become "son of Schuster", giving longtime companion Alfred "Shorty" Ntombela, a run for his money - neither return for Schuks! Pay Back the Money! Instead Schuster is essentially flying solo, play...

Schuks! Your Country Needs You [ Hits:2409 ]
Review: Leon Schuster's "everyman" brand of slapstick comedy may not be for everyone, yet it's difficult to find a comedian who doesn't respect the funnyman, who has built a career out of getting South Africans to laugh at themselves. From his days of candid camera to the evolution of characters in more story-orientated films, Schuster has created a Schuks! empire with some of South Africa's biggest box office successes. More recently, however, his concept film Mad Buddies, was not as well received by ...

Scoop [ 2006 ] [ Hits:4329 ]
Review: Scoop is a classic Woody Allen movie, which was written with Scarlett Johansson in mind. Johansson worked with Allen on Match Point, and subsequently with Jackman in The Prestige. The movie is an amalgamation of Match Point, The Prestige and Woody Allen’s comedy. An American journalism student gets the scoop of a lifetime when she is given the true identity of the infamous Tarot Card Killer. There’s suspense in all the undercover detective work as Sondra (Johansson) puts the puzzle together....

Scott Pilgrim vs The World [ 2010 ] [ Hits:5983 ]
Review: Scott Pilgrim vs The World is brought to us by the guy that gave us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. His name is Edgar Wright, whose dark British comedy films have become cult hits with the help of partner-in-crime, Simon Pegg. However, Scott Pilgrim vs The World is a departure from his usual brilliant garb. It's a non-British production and Wright ensured all of his ensemble weren't British, although one still managed to slip through. Scott Pilgrim vs The World may be a complete reversal in sett...

Scream 4 [ Hits:5284 ]
Review: Love or hate them – horror movies have become ingrained in popular culture to the point that spine-tingling one-liners like “Hi, I’m Chucky, wanna play?”, “Heeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!”,  “I see dead people.”,  “It’s alive! It’s alive!” and “They’re heee-re.” have become jokes. How else do you explain another Scream sequel?Wes Craven, one of horror’s luminaries, has been there and done that with a collection of classic ’80s horrors to make your blood curdle...

Searching for Sugar Man [ Hits:6380 ]
Review: Rockumentaries are usually about fame, the paranoia of money and the affects of a sex, drugs and rock 'n roll lifestyle on the road. Searching for Sugar Man reinvents the genre with a real-life mystery about Sixto Rodriguez, a '70s music icon, whose career was stifled and forgotten... or so it seemed. Decades after Rodriguez vanished from the music scene, two South Africans decided to find out what happened to the shy and mysterious rock 'n roller. Searching for Sugar Man recounts Rodriguez's q...

Semi-Pro [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3347 ]
Review: Semi-Pro is Kent Alterman’s debut directorial, and takes Scot Armstrong’s screenplay to the big screen with the largest ego in the world. We’re talking about Will Ferrell whose career has been propelled by competitive over-the-top performances. He dazzled with Ron Burgundy, establishing a cult-following for Anchorman, he amused audiences with Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights and he oozed masculinity in Blades of Glory as Chaz Michael Michaels. The man is ridiculously funny and has set a new...

Semi-Soet [ Hits:12245 ]
Review: Semi-Soet is a sweet homegrown romantic comedy from South Africa. While Afrikaans, the film adopts strict Hollywood genre conventions making you think you've seen it all before. You probably have, but this isn't always a bad thing when it comes to romantic comedies, the predictability factor actually adds to the overall enjoyment of the happily ever after. Romantic comedies emulate that euphoric feeling of love as Ken and Barbie get themselves in various predicaments. Yes, there's a plastic fee...

Seven Pounds [ 2008 ] [ Hits:4312 ]
Review: Seven Pounds is a drama from the same director/actor pair that brought The Pursuit of Happyness to screen. Italian director, Gabriele Muccino, works his magic again as yet another moving, humane and inspiring story is translated into film. He’s aided by Will Smith, whose performances keep getting better and better in his bid for an Oscar. Seven Pounds is no different, and he’s supported by Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson in a touching, intimate journey of redemption. The script is written...

Seven Psychopaths [ Hits:3392 ]
Review: Armed with an intriguing title and oozing suave cool, Seven Psychopaths is destined for cult status. What movie starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken wouldn't achieve some level of notoriety? Throw in some dark Tarantino style crime comedy and you've got yourself a locked-and-loaded shotgun ready to blow your head off... with laughter. Each of these cocky actors bring their own variety of on-screen charisma to the film, playing oddball characters they coul...

Shame [ Hits:3829 ]
Review: Steve McQueen is a fine artist turned film director, who shares the name of the more famous action man and Hollywood icon - yet they are distinctly different. McQueen's latest offering Shame, is yet another dark drama in the wake of Hunger and gives his audience a voyeuristic glance into the world of a man's sexual addiction. The film's subject matter and 18 age restriction is warranted as Shame serves quite literally in-your-face sexuality. Just like McQueen, Michael Fassbender is another ris...

Shepherds and Butchers [ Hits:2711 ]
Review: Shepherds and Butchers is a South African courtroom drama, directed by Oliver Schmitz and based on the award-winning novel by Chris Marnewick. The story follows Johan Webber, a defence attorney, who takes on the controversial case of Leon Labuschagne, a young prison warden, who is charged with killing several black men in 1987. Marnewick, an advocate in Durban, delivers a powerful retelling of this capital punishment court case, which is based on actual events. The film adaptation stars Steve C...

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